A New Contest

I would like to find a local charity to donate some money.  Does anyone have any suggestions for local charities in the Petworth/Columbia Heights/Shaw/U St./Mt.Pleasant neighborhoods?  When a number of suggestions have been submitted we will then vote on which one to donate to.  Now here’s where you come in:  I would like you to donate to the charity as well and I will match donations up to a total of $500.  Hopefully that way, together we can donate a $1000 to a local charity.  So which local charity would you like to nominate?

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  • I always liked the Neighbor’s Consejo in Mt. Pleasant. http://www.idealist.org/en/org/8650-193

    They work directly with homeless and addicts to try to get them off the streets and become self sufficient.

  • Martha’s Table! Martha’s Table’s mission is to help at-risk children, youth, families and individuals in our community improve their lives through the provision of educational programs, food, clothing, and enrichment opportunities.


  • N Street Village on 14th and N Sts. Really great women’s homeless shelter that’s been improving the neighborhood since the 1970s.


  • Here’s a good local nonprofit that works on Digital Divide issues – might be appropriate given that this is blog…located right on Georgia Ave.


    (I also like the work Neighbors Consejo does, and have donated to them in the past myself, but perhaps this is something that has a broader impact across sub-communities?)

  • I donate to the Greater Washington Urban League, whose offices are in CH. They provide a lot of great services and opportunities.


  • Good choice, El Gringo. I’ll throw my support behind the First Time Computer folks.

  • I’m on the consejo bandwagon, they really seem to have an impact.

  • How about the Washington Humane Society on Georgia Ave? I’m frequently reminded of the quote “the more people I meet, the more I love my dog”

  • Hoops Sagrado (www.hoopssagrado) is a small Adams Morgan-based nonprofit that takes 20 D.C. kids (from a variety of neighborhoods including CH and Petworth) to Guatemala for a month each summer where they spend their mornings learning Spanish and their afternoons running basketball clinics for children in Mayan villages.

  • I’m a huge fan of Brainfood, I’ll quote their own website:

    Brainfood uses food as a tool to build life skills with youth in a fun and creative setting. Through culinary-related activities, we promote active learning, self-reliance and healthy living to empower youth as resources in their own community.


    I’m also a big fan of NFTE which teaches helps high school kids develop their entrepreneurship skills. Unlike say Junior Achievement, NFTE lets the kids develop their own ideas and then teaches them the skills to realize their goals: how to write a business plan, how to market, how to manage expenses and income, etc. They have quasi-independent chapters all over, including DC:


  • how about “poo poo pro bono”?

    that’s triple P and B.

    they stay out of trouble, donate to the less fortunate, and accept wire transfers.

    and they help the better off to find tax write offs, without calling them out.

    think about it!

  • Have you thought about going to http://www.donorschoose.org/ and finding a local teacher to support?

  • Washington Humane Society! They are a top-rated charity and they desperately need the funding to help take care of animals and make sure they don’t have to be euthanized…

  • How about Heads Up — an after-school and summer academic program for underserved kids. Heads Up recruits and trains college student tutors to provide academic help and mentoring to kids in DCPS schools. The program runs in Raymond Elementary in Petworth and other sites around the city. http://www.headsup-dc.org. Disclaimer: I work for Heads Up…and can assure you it’s a great organization that makes a tremendous, positive impact on kids.

  • washington animal rescue league in brightwood….www.warl.org

    they are a no-kill shelter that provides a very relaxing environment to the animals….they have clasical music playing, running water (like a spa) to help animals relax, and they don’t do cages. each animal has it’s own room. these guys are doing a great job. you walk in there and there are no dogs barking…it’s very calming. they have viewing hours until 5p on weekends….great way to put a smile on your face.

  • Just wanted to say this is a really nice gesture.

    EFFORTS is a cool shaw-based charity that helps ex-offenders get jobs and get back on their feet.

    It’s 503(c) non profit. Read about them online at: http://www.effortsdc.org/EFFORTSWelcomesYou.asp

  • one more nomination for the Washington Humane Society

  • How about your local school ABC Public Charter School at 209 Upshur, the students population is 50% African American and 50% Latino, 85% qualify for free or reduced lunch. $12 buys a student a uniform, $60 a new text book, $1000 a computer or a classroom library. Contact the school at 202-822-6301 if you are interested. If not, I also vote for FirstTimeComputers, they refurbish old computers and donate them to non-profits and children and their based right here in Petworth. They just bagan donating some used computer to the kids at ABC some of whom have no access at home to computers.

  • I nominate DC Central Kitchen. They collect excess food from restaurants and donors (environmental), operate facilities where unskilled local residents learn culinary and food handling tasks (empowering), and prepare meals for DC’s homeless (4,000 meals/day) (sustaining).

  • I can’t believe how generous people are on this blog. And all the suggestions are great. DId anyone mention Food and Friends?

  • One small addition to my nomination of DC Central Kitchen. Their prepared meals go to well over a dozen agencies and after-school snack programs in the area bounded by Euclid Ave., Connecticut Ave., Upshur St. and Warder St., including Neighbor’s Consejo, LAYC, La Casa Multicultural Center and the Park Road Transitional House. So they do have a specific local presence.

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